Markey Blue review…May 20, 2016…

MARKEY BLUE

THE BLUES ARE KNOCKIN’

SOUL O SOUND RECORDS

I’LL WAIT FOR YOU–THAT AIN’T GOOD ENOUGH–COLD OUTSIDE–CASH IS ALWAYS KING–THE BLUES ARE KNOCKIN’–BE MY TRAIN (LITTLE MILTON TRIBUTE)–LAY DOWN LUCILLE (B B KING TRIBUTE)–NOBODY’S FOOL–ME MISSING YOU–WORRIES

It’s been our great pleasure to know Markey Blue and Ric Latina for several years now.  They are mainstays on the local jam scene, and, you can bet, just like the song says, “if they show up, they’re gonna show out!”  For their latest set for Soul O Sound Records, “The Blues Are Knockin,” Markey and Ric (with help from Bill Bois on the leadoff cut) combine their talents for ten songs that are full of the down-to-your-soul-blues we’ve come to expect from them.

Markey’s got one of those big, bold voices that can go from purring to powerful in one note!  Ric’s guitar is sounding better than ever, and he busts out that down-to-the-Crossroads slide on the foot-stompin,’ Hill-Country blues of “I’ll Wait For You.”  Markey uses all her feminine wiles to coax a lover to “let me in, it’s Cold Outside,” this minor-key groover punched up by the sweet horn section.  The title cut finds her in a pensive, reflective mood, getting that “middle of the night, the way it used to feel” pining for a lover, and knows, sho’ nuff, that “The Blues Are Knockin, and I still love you more than you’ll ever know.”  Ric’s leads and a hot solo seem to understand Markey’s pain on this one.  The set closes with some serious slow-blues, as Markey has “so many Worries, I swear I got worries up ahead of me!”

We had two favorites, too.  Ric and the horns bust out the uptown funk on a tribute to Little Milton Campbell, “Be My Train, roll your love down my track!”  And, Markey name-checks many of B. B.’s best-known tunes and albums as she urges that mighty Gibson to “Lay Down Lucille–in your heart he’ll always stay!”

Everything is coming up sevens and elevens for Markey Blue.  They’ve signed a TV publishing deal, and had a song featured in the movie “Turbulence And Love.  Add to that this great set, “The Blues Are Knockin,” and their future looks bright, indeed!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Dennis Reeves on May 28, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This is one exceptional band that is crossing many roads in their music. Heart felt and performed with passion. I love this CD.

    Reply

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